By La Velle
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has both Joe Mauer and Mike Redmond in the starting lineup, and for a good reason.
Mike Redmond is batting .480 (12 for 25) against Buehrle, so he’s the DH today while Joe Mauer catches. Craig Monroe is batting .368 (14 for 38) with two homers off the Buehrle-man, so he’s in there too. Buehrle is 21-11 with a 3.78 ERA against the Twins and, in my opinion, has been the biggest pain in the Twins’ necks through the years.
Carlos Gomez is not in the starting lineup. Denard Span is in center and batting leadoff again.
For Nick Punto fans, he’s batting .321 against Buehrle.
5:55 update: Gomez told Gardenhire that he’s available to play tonight. He went through pre-game with no problems and is expected to start tomorrow.
Michael Cuddyer took 25 soft swings and put an outfielder’s glove for the first time since June 28 as he shagged fly balls and made throws. He needs to be able to grip and rip the bat a few days before the Twins send him out on a rehab program. But it was easy to tell he was glad just to be out on the field with a purpose for a chance.
By the way, Cuddyer had two cortisone injections in his left index finger/hand area.
A crowd of 38,000 is expected tonight. The stars have come out for this one, as Brock Lesnar was on the field before the game.
Check back here later for updates!
White Sox (59-44): 1.Orlando Cabrera, SS. 2. A.J., C. 3. Carlos Quentin, LF. 4. Jermaine Dye, RF. 5. Jim Thome, DH. 6. Paul Konerko, 1B. 7. Nick Swisher, CF. 8. Josh Fields, 3B. 9. Alexei Ramirez, 2B. Pitching: Mark Buehrle.
Twins (57-47): 1. Denard Span, CF. 2. Alexi Casilla, 2B. 3. Joe Mauer, C. 4. Justin Morneau, 1B. 5. Delmon Young, LF. 6. Red Dog, DH. 7. Craig Monroe, RF. 8. Brendan Harris, 3B. 9. Nick Punto, SS. Pitching: Kevin Slowey.